According to ABC 13 News in Houston, Texas (KTRK), former Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is in court Tuesday to request that a judge release him.
Jolly applied for “shock probation,” which—as KTRK frames it—”allows for certain convicts to be released early on probation after experiencing the shock or trauma of being in jail.”
Jolly is currently serving a six-year sentence for four past offenses with the drug known as codeine.
According to Jolly, he is not a threat to society but needs help to kick his addiction to the drug.
“Once you get addicted to it, you’re in the mindset where you don’t think you going to get caught. or you don’t feel like you’re going to get in trouble,” said Jolly. “And that’s just the drug talking to you.”
A former sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2006, Jolly was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after his repeated run-ins with the law over the drug. He missed all of the 2010 season but was looking into reinstatement when his final arrest landed him with his current jail sentence.
Jolly started all 32 games for the Packers from 2008 to ’09.
Yet even if Jolly was released from prison on the “shock probation” claim, it’s a near certainty that his days of playing in the NFL are over. The 29-year-old has been out of the game for two straight years and would come with obvious off-field baggage.
Considering all of the moves the Packers have made on the defensive line—coupled with the suspension issues already handed down to both Mike Neal and Tony Hargrove—a reunion in Green Bay seems like the most unlikely of scenarios.